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The highest power may be lost by misrule.
  [Lat., Male imperando summum imperium amittitur.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

The lust of dominion burns with a flame so fierce as to overpower all other affections of the human breast.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Rulers always hate and suspect the next in succession.
  [Lat., Suspectum semper invisumque dominantibus qui proximus destinaretur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (I, 21)

Power acquired by guilt was never used for a good purpose.
  [Lat., Imperium flagitio acquisitum nemo unquam bonis artibus exercuit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (I, 30)

In the struggle between those seeking power there in no middle course.
  [Lat., Imperium cupientibus nihil medium inter summa et praecipitia.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (II, 74)

Power is more safely retained by cautious than by severe councils.
  [Lat., Potentiam cautis quam acribus consiliis tutius haberi.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XI, 29)

Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions.
  [Lat., Cupido dominandi cunctis affectibus flagrantior est.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XV, 53)

I thought that my invincible power would hold the world captive, leaving me in a freedom undisturbed. Thus night and day I worked at the chain with huge fires and cruel hard strokes. When at last the work was done and the links were complete and unbreakable, I found that it held me in its grip.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (31)

He never sold the truth to serve the hour,
  Nor paltered with Eternal God for power.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington

And he makes a great mistake, in my opinion at least, who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection.
  [Lat., Et errat longe, mea quidem sententia,
    Qui imperium credat esse gravius, aut stabilius
      Vi quod fit, quam illud quod amicitia adjungitur.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (act I, 1, l. 40)

Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.
      - attributed to Thucydides,
        in the Loeb editon of "Thucydides"

Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.
      - Pierre Elliott Trudeau

The shortest way to change a radical into a conservative, a liberal into a tyrant, a man into a beast, is to give him power over his fellows.
      - Benjamin R. Tucker, Liberty
         (vol. I, no. 3, September 3, 1881)

As thou directest the power, harm or advantage will follow, and the torrent that swept the valley may be led to turn a mill.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Power is seldom innocent, and envy is the yokefellow of eminence.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

If I can not influence the gods, I shall move all hell.
  [Lat., Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VII, 312)

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
      - Alice Walker

Power * * * is a fretful thing, and hath its wings always spread for flight.
      - Lewis (Lew) Wallace

The balance of power.
      - Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford,
        in a 1741 speech

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
      - George Washington

Power is always right, weakness always wrong. Power is always insolent and despotic.
      - Noah Webster

An untoward event. (Threatening to disturb the balance of power.)
      - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

Pretension is nothing; power is everything.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
      - Oprah Winfrey

The good old rule
  Sufficeth them, the simple plan,
    That they should take who have the power,
      And they should keep who can.
      - William Wordsworth

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